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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 2:31 pm 
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Guys,

What form do you feel this required but 'not so simple' morality will take?

Be kind? Is that a moral choice? Do we need to exemplify some realistic ideal? :group:

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PostPosted: Thu May 22, 2014 5:10 pm 
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Kim O'Hara wrote:
I don't know whether they have the "right" but I do know that they do nevertheless protest - often at far greater risk to themselves than in the West, and I honour their courage.
And it pays off, eventually.

To me, one of the keys is communication - first to become aware that others have better lives than people in our own city/village, then for education, then for publicity and organisation. It can be pretty simple stuff, sometimes - villagers watching the one TV in an Indian village seeing US soap-operas and seeing how Americans live, for example.

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What morality to implement for the whole world? What challenges?

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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2014 1:43 am 
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HI, Lobster and Last Legend,
I still think the first couple of posts in the thread were pretty much on target. Here's mine:
Kim O'Hara wrote:
... What we are finding is that ethics and morality must be stated in non-religious terms, even when all or most religions agree. That is, we can't say, "Don't kill because jesus says it's a sin," but we have to say, "Don't kill because it makes the world a worse place."
In those terms, the Buddha's teachings on morality are fine - but have to be presented on their own merits, not "because the Buddha said so."

The Dalai Lama explored these ideas in a recent book called (iirc) "Against Religion". It's good.

And yes, it could start with something as simple as "Be kind". A number of smart people have said that it's central. (Here - http://zenpencils.com/comic/118-roger-ebert-on-kindness/ - is another one that I came across recently - well worth five minutes.)
I think the next contender has to the the Golden Rule, in some form or other. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule and http://www.unification.net/ws/theme015.htm.

The key points are that the core common morality has to be compatible with the core morality of (at least) the world's major religions and logically (philosophically?) defensible.

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